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of that. [laughter] but i am very pleased to be here at asu's sandra day o'connor's college of law and appreciate the opportunity to speak. and i especially want to thank greg hill the executive director of the indian legal program, darlene and of course patty ferguson for inviting me to be here. i am just so pleased and glad and honored to once again be here at the college and to be part of this lecture series. i have to say at the outset that the program is certainly well known nationally. as a national leader in education and the field of federal indian law. over the years i have very much valued my opportunity to work with the esteemed professor here in various matters. the professor bob clinton and over year bob miller, professor miller, of course professor kevin goldberg currently at the smithsonian's, patti ferguson bonnie as well as carl and i just have to commend the school for such an all-star lineup of indian law professors, part of the faculty of his meeting ranking law school and i'm so glad to be here. i've been inspired by the scholarship, the innovation and the lead
an opportunity before we turn to our witnesses. the debate over stand your ground laws raises fundamental questions about self-defense in the be united states of america. in recent years we've seen a dramatic increase in laws expanding the situation in which a person can legally use deadly force in response to a perceived threat. florida passed the first of this new wave of stand your ground laws in 2005. prior to 2005, florida law held that a person outside his home could not use deadly force and then claim self-defense if the person could have safely avoided the confrontation. this, quote, duty of safe retreat, closed quote, sought to prevent public disputes from escalating into violence. but the gun lobby pushed to change florida's law so people could shoot someone who threatened them without first trying to avoid a confrontation. florida wasn't the first state to adopt the stand your ground principle, but florida's 2005 law expanded the principle in several dramatic new ways. first, the law grants criminal and civil of immunity for use withs of deadly force -- for uses of deadly force
." that's because he found out that his policy, which came into effect just two months after the law's arbitrary cutoff date for grandfathered plans, will be discontinued next year. and he's not happy about this at all. especially given the fact that a plan on the obamacare exchanges will dramatically drive up his insurance costs from $400 a month to more than $700 a month with zero subsidies available. here's what he had to say. he said my wife and i are 54. we don't need maternity care, and we don't need obamacare. well, he's right to be upset. this is simply not in keeping with the spirit of the president's oft-repeated promise. perhaps the administration would like to tell him he should have just done a better job of keeping up with its regulatory dictates. but what about the millions who purchased their plans relying on the president's promise that they could keep them? what about the husbands and wives across kentucky who suffered when two of our largest employers had to drop spousal coverage? what about the folks who lost coverage at work? what about all the smaller paychecks
it's only the federal government has an estimated 5000 or so criminal laws that have over criminalized this country. hopefully when i am here again for a hearing weekend fervently work toward eliminating or correcting the thousands of federal laws that have sometimes put people behind bars for things that most americans have no clue would be against the criminal law. so senators i humbly implore you let's leave state criminal law to the consideration of the state legislatures though we in congress will probably be well served to take advice from the states that are still solvent. thank you. >> thank you congressman gohmert and i want to thank your college scholars from the tear is in congressman fudge for their testimony as well. we appreciate your being here today and we are going to proceed to the second panel as you depart. thank you again. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> i'm sorry. if i can ask you all to please stand. it's customary to give the oath before this committee. if you please raise your right hand. view from the testimony you're about
that these are just real americans committed to following the law and catching bad guys at the end of the day. it's important we get to the privacy issues that are important. i just wanted to ask this particular question. i dpsh some talk about a permanent advocate in the fisa court. i scratch my head a bit, and i can't find that anywhere else, and in a criminal grand jury, there's no advocate on behalf of the person they're seeking indictment; is that correct? >> that's correct. there's no advocate, and even when a witness goes in a grand jury, they don't go in and are not allowed to go in with an attorney, and in particular, probably the closest am ji is the acquisition of a wiretap for domestic criminal law enforcement, and that doesn't involve any sort of adversary process at all, but an ex parte process with the government or agent going in similar to the fisa process we have now. >> and by design, the court was supposed to be that adversary -- too strong a word -- but to check the compliance with the law and constitution; is that correct? >> correct. this is the constitutional protection th
go to law school, he's a lawyer. imagine a black person goes to elite law school, graduate from law school, and when that person goes for a job, let's say at an elite law firm for six to get a job with a distinguished judge, or seeks to get a job at any place selective. the person that's going to be assessing this candidate is going to mark down the candidate to some degree because of affirmative action. the person who is assessing the candidate knows that the school has affirmative action, and by the way, virtually every selective law school in the united states has affirmative action. so if you have a black person who has graduated, graduate from harvard law school or graduate from where he went to school, yale law school. they go to the fancy firm, sure, they've got a nice brownie points they went to this fancy law school, but what he has in mind is the person accessing the candidate will say, yes, this person has a nice halo of having gone to yale law school or harvard law school, but the person doing the assessment is going to dim that halo. the person is going to say, this per
to say nevada law also includes robust protections against this type of discrimination. officer carney testified before the house of representatives in 2007 and shared his story. mr. president, this is what he said: "i'm god cop. i've lost two and a half years of employment, fighting to get that job back because i'm gay. i never would have been able to do that had i not lived in massachusetts or in one of the handful of other states that protect employees from discrimination. sadly you mr. president, not everyone is able to fight back like officer carney. in 33 states, lesbian, gay yo cn be fired or harassed just for being who they are. sam hall was terrorized by his coworkers for seven years because he was gay. mr. hall just wanted to make a living. but supervisors told him he would have to endure the persecution if he wanted to keep his job. west virginia is one of 33 states with no protections against this type of discrimination. that's why, mr. president, i so admire joe manchin for recognizing that this is an issue that's important to everyone. patchwork of state laws excludes ten
on the formal identity of the parties instead of on the law that we say and that the government acknowledges implicates religious liberty interests. the district court did answer these two questions first whether or not gilardi is substantially burdened by the hhs this -- hhs mandate and the court encrypt they said no. the court incorrectly said no. had the court answered either of these crackly nephew it would have received a strict scrutiny test which should've been easy given the massive holes in the scope of the coverage written to this mandate and the ready availability of less restrictive means of achieving the government schools. as we see this case there are four tabs or roots to get to strict scrutiny. the first one is to look at the gilardi's as individuals and whether or not there's a burden on them. the second is the companies as persons exercising religion. the third is what some courts have referred to as they pass through standing whereby a closely held family type corporations such as this one can assert the free exercise rights of its owners and forth is a roots that only ju
and discusses how it has shaped the copyright laws that we have today and this is about one hour. [applause] >> thank you so much. as the dean indicated, most of us and a large number of legal scholars, you might be surprised to learn that an area that is not compelled by law, something that is informal but very organized, and it has grown up to fill the various needs and the various cracks in the wall of law and i am going to be talking about one of those major cracks in the law today and i will be focused on the 19th century in the united states and particularly on authors and publishers in america, really from the 1820s and 30s amah up to lease the end of the century where, as you will see, the world is really kind of turned upside down where publishing is concerned. lawful piracy is still regarded as piracy and yet it was lawful. and uncopyrighted works well protected by an informal system of rights that were recognized by publishers and how could this be and the answer lies in some of these mysteries of informal norms that exist alongside the law and sometimes even in place of the law.
of the field of the national security law. my name is harvard for the standing committee on law and national security and i did that with jim mcpherson has the chair the committee. i want to get a few administrative issues out of the way. the first is for everyone in the room c-span is here so when you ask your questions we appreciate it if you would identify who you are and speak clearly in a short crisp question for the panel. i have a number of other administrative announcements. the first is cle for continuing legal education. we would like you to make sure you fill out the forms and give them to holly. you will also notice we have the scale of sheets that are on your table. they are reviews. we use them -- we review them very carefully afterwards. that is why we think our programs have improved over the years because we listen to what you have to say and try to give you the type of programs you really are interested in. we would also have another announcement. our committee will be having on friday november 15 an address addressed by ambassador marc grossman. he is the vice-chairman of
of progression of slowly dismantling the campaign-finance laws, the foundation of those laws we got in the 1970's. citizens united is by far the biggest there. upcoming case will be another one, the listing rules for aris. and potentially some court watchers believe, he could not down the benefits given to candidates and parties themselves. so, the citizens united is the most high-profile decision on this issue, but very much in a string of cases and we do not know how this is going to and yet either. marianne from tennessee on our line for independents. good morning. caller: good morning. i have a question about dark money. when the representatives who are supposed to be representing us shut down the government over obamacare, the stock market went down. resumed, iternment went up the same day. since these representatives get a heads up on the market movements, how many of them made money, who were they, and how much? host: andy kroll. guest: that is a good question. that gives back to what the previous color said about the stock act. there is absolutely the for them to act on information they h
into effect as the result of bigger waters flood insurance reform law. so i urge my colleagues in the senate to pass this bipartisan bill that was introduce by senator menendez and senator isakson that would delay the premium increases set to go into effect until after fema has done a study and provided congress with a plan to make the rates basically affordable. our families work so hard. they're trying to rebuild. and, frankly, they deserve nothing less. some homeowners, even as they do rebuild, have started seeing their rates increase. this would cause so many of our constituents to be forced out of their homes and communities that they love, that they lived in their whole lives. this is why the menendez-isakson bill is so critical and why i strongly urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this commonsense legislation. now as we focus on providing communities with all of the resources they need to rebuild from sandy, the federal government is partnering with states and local governments, the private sector and academia to develop solutions that will protect us from the ne
law enforcement to go after other crimes such as human smuggling and intellectual property theft? >> well, certainly, it would change the situation there. there's been a mixed message sent for places where drugs have been legalized. in canada, there is medical marijuana permitted, and the canadians say that organized # crime is teaking advantage of the fact there is medical marijuana permitted, setting up growth facilities and things like that. in the netherlands, there's been a substantial loosening of drug issues there, but interesting thing is it brought in a lot more drugs in the netherlands since they legalized marijuana to the point that starting this year, the netherlands prohibits any foreigner from going into their pot shops. the checks have legalized a significant amount of drugs recently. that allowed the police and the resources of the czech republic to focus efforts elsewhere, but it has not done much for the drugs at all, and poe land, i believe it is, there's a fairly successful story of legalizing drugs and things getting better there, so i think it's really going
they're in a union or not. mr. griffin has extensive experience in employment law. he's highly respected by his fellow labor lawyers on both the union and business sides. as general counsel for the nlrb he will safeguard fair compensation and working conditions for all american workers. this week the senate will also vote on a number of other crucial executive nominations. some of whom have been stalled for more than a year. the senate will consider the nomination of katherine archuleta to serve as director of the office of personnel management. that is an extremely important position. she started her career in public service as an elementty tri schoolteacher. she will be the agency's first hispanic director. this is what she said -- and i quote -- "you do it as public service because have you a deep passion for public good and civic engagement. that's her quote. she's working in both the transportation and energy departments under president clinton, she served as chief of staff to tib the the labor secretary hilda solis for three years. she is emintentsly qualified yet ms. arc
. that is why allowing insurers to continue offering deficient plans next year is such a bad policy. the law says that all plans except those that were grandfathered in 2010, must meet the new consumer protection standards. if we don't enforce this policy, insurance companies can continue offering flimsy coverage that disappears when people actually need it and no one should want that. it is understandable that there will be a focus today on what isn't working, but we must also remember what is working. the health insurance plans that are being offered in the exchanges are good plans. the premiums are much lower than expected. 60% of the uninsured individuals shopping in the new marketplaces will be able to get coverage for less than $100 per month. half of the young adults will be able to get coverage for less than $50 per month. and since congress adopted the affordable care act, health care costs across the whole economy have grown at their lowest level in decades. the success of the affordable care act is due to the efforts of many people, but one individual more than any other is respon
from law school, the big law firms did not hire women. so i looked for a job, and it was very much ending when a door closes a window opens and i stopped at a television station and i walked down and said that i would like to apply for a job, and that ended up getting a job as a television news reporter and because i was a lawyer, he gave me a start and there was an obstacle course that i went through and i was elected to the legislature and then state treasurer and in the united states senate. >> wanted your family come to texas? >> my family came to texas in 1828 and they signed a texas declaration of independence and they came from england and made their way to texas and they were actually trained in the law and you had to be catholic to land in texas and he was a natural catholic. i say actual because many declared catholicism on the land. and he was part of this and he became the chief justice in this includes a great friend of sam houston and thomas rusk and my roots to go way back. >> kay hutchison is our guest and pioneering women who shaped texas, sally, good morning to yo
a journalist is not something i appreciate we have laws that model the region have positive things in their place and as long as the internet is not shut down one reason i am concerned about privacy is i want people to trust online communication or find things out without being watched all the time. people can now be there are a journalist in many ways they can enter one of those the most interesting about politics of the mideast because they could have a block or get an audience i dunno if you are familiar but there are plenty of people who are stuck give the scholarly mode retracts nobody would reid but now they could find a mass audience there is a lot of debate on the internet the things you were talking about for instance, the chelsea manning. he lives a few blocks from me but rinaldi is seen as a hero. and it to have 500 students who had never heard of them but into a three hours they could learn a great deal in know more about the break-in of his psychiatrist office what the government did. i don't like to get baum doubt that we lost hour old mechanisms. i am understand. tel
law enforcement and intelligence analysts together. could you comment on the effectiveness of this approach so far and give us some idea what kind of institutions gnarlly and internationally could be built on that foundation going forward. >> well, the fbi has two types of fusion centers, and dhs has yet another one. they have, basically, different tuckses. the fbi has the joint terrorism task forces. before 9/11, i believe there were 4 # in existence, and today, there's 103. they have been a tremendous success story. building on that, the fbi has built a field intelligence groups, and -- which are more oriented, and the best of the understanding, i've been away from the fbi for a whim now, but it's been equally successful. the home land security fusion centers have a different focus, and i'm probably going to do dhs a disservice here, but what they basically do is they work more with the politicians, the mayors and the governors to help them understand what the problems are in their area so that they can take the actions on their own. could that be done on an international
in the state senate, i believe in state's rights. states have the rights to develop their own ag laws. we must protect those rights and make sure its own agricultural protection laws are protected in section 11/3/12. the nutrition program is also an important piece. making sure that our kids have the heltiest lunch possible. making sure that the fruits they dpet are an important part -- it should be based on nutrition for our kids. that's something i'm looking forward to seeing work on this bill as well. let's get people wac to work. mr. chairman, i yield back. >> thank you, chairman lucas. i'd like to take a quick moment to wish a belated happy birthday to our colleague, marcia bunch. >>> the district i represent has part of lincoln's presidential suute. president lincoln did a lot. in fact, in the span of three months, abraham lincoln signed into law to create the department of agriculture, the land grant university system and the homestead act. now, if our predecessors can do all of that in three months, we augu ought to be able to take october, november and december and pass this bill. >>>
of people just as well as certain law changes like delaying the employer mandate, but keeping the individual mandate on the books when it comes to the president's health care law. i think people are paying more attention. they have more access to more varied view points on what's happening in washington, and they learn too many of our lawmakers are not representing the interests of the american people well, but their own interests and interest of well connected groups in washington. i think that's another reason why people are increasingly distrusting their government looking for somebody who will represent their views. i think they are looking for principled leadership, and i think we saw some of that with the shutdown where some lawmakers stood for principle, know the law is bad, and we -- lawmakers, they didn't vote for it. it was passed on a purely partisan basis, and the house has the constitutional right to deny funding to laws like that, and an attempt to do that was important to show that lawmakers act on principle at times and in the best interest of the nation. >> our next question
and administrative law, constitutional matters, strat industry tri construction, even criminal appeals. she's represented army reservists and business interests including the chamber of commerce as well as civil rights plaintiffs. ms. millet is a nominee with unquestionable integrity and character. she's committed herself to pro bono work. she has done this throughout her career and has engaged in significant community service. it's interesting at a press conference i held yesterday, we had spouses of people in the military and we talked about another aspect of her career. her husband is now retired navy reservist, but as a military spouse when he was called up, ms. millet has a personal understanding of the sacrifice we ask of our service members and their families. at the very height of her legal career, her husband was called on to deploy as part of operation iraqi freedom. he left, of course, as those who are called to serve do, but she's left at home with two young children. and what did she do 12347 she did what spouses all over this country do, she filled the role of both parents at
of direction. the florida law and we stand by the verdict. .. >> this allows them to go ahead and believe they are under danger and take a life. thank you for letting me. >> yeah. i would like to make a couple comments. one is if you actually look at the data, look at the tampa bay tribune data that,ing the for the factors in the cases, you find that minorities both blacks and hispanics are much more successful in raising stand your ground defenses than whites are. there's another point that needs to be made, and that is the ambiguity. it's -- one type of ambiguity was discussed, but there's the ambiguity having to face the person who is agenting in self-defense. what's the appropriate amount to retreat when they have to defend themselves, and the issue here might be who do we want to make, have to make deal with that ambiguity. when somebody's facing very quick decisions that they have to make in terms of life and death. do we want to make them bear the burden to fry to figure out if at that time how far they are going to retreat, and then make them realize they maybe second guessed as i
trayvon martin's mother testifying at the hearing on stand your ground laws. .. only those recognized to speak will be allowed to. >> and those who are not in compliance will be removed from the committee room. i would like to welcome our first panel today. the director of the national intelligence james clapper deputy attorney james cole national security or keith alexander the deputy director of the nsa chris ingalls. following the first panel we will move immediately into the second panel of nongovernment experts who are very knowledgeable on fisa and privacy issues. today's hearing will provide an open forum to discuss amendments to the surveillance act and possible changes to the way fisa applications are handled at the department of justice and the nsa. i hope that all of our witnesses will give clear answers about how the proposal is under consideration in congress would affect the nsa's ability to stop terrorist attacks before they occur and encourage members to answer questions about fisa amendments and nsa programs. today i'm going to submit my statement for the wreck erred
the law. we have no idea if that's true. we are clueless as to whether or not that's true. because this process has become in a way a pro forma kind of process with contractors, and the reason the contractors were off the reservation is because they bid an amount and that contractor wanted to make money so that was time to cut corners. you wanted to make your number, you wanted to make money, you just turned it in, you just pretended like you did. so i agree with the chair and the ranking member that this is time for all of us to really, you know, quit nibbling around the edges on this thing and let's get to the meat of the matter. saying that seattle doesn't ve a police report, that dog doesn't hunt in this context. that just doesn't work. and mr. lewis, i have a specific question for you. my subcommittee has learned that we have a bunch of felons on navy installations. e have learned that the navy was giving these contractors 28 temporary passes at the git-go without any checks on anybody. is that true? >> this was a subject of a d.o.d. i.g. report and the navy has looked into th
sometimes congress imposes, on your agent see your closely constrained by law and regulation that congress has imposed. we were recently treated with the debt ceiling to an example of that where the congress was going to demand the president violate some law. we save taxpayers, spend this, math has been required for certain amount of borrowing but you may not be able to bore. congress was going to kill the president violate some law. is it fair to say that under the structure, the congressionally imposed structures and regulations of fha that fha has performed as well as could under the circumstances? >> i believe within everything to perform as well as we can. >> that leaves the question of why are you here asking for a $1.7 billion as the other side puts it, bailout? let me read you the last line of the majority staff memo on this. the last line, just to be clear, this bailout is required because the mmif is that 16.3, negative 16.3 -- >> yes. >> the last one of the majority staff member reach, the mmif negative 16 with the economic pie represents a decrease of 17.49 billion from its 1.1
in terms of we understand under the case law. >> i would disagree with your assessment of the grandfathering exemptions. the regulation itself says it is a right and it's a definite. >> your case hinges on how we construe the grandfathering? >> not necessarily. the other exemptions have about be taken into account as well. >> we've gone through them. have i missed some? >> no, that is the point. >> well, they're insignificant. corporations you can't argue that as a basis. >> that is why we're here because we don't qualify for any of the exemptions. we're saying rifra requires we begin an exemption because of those other exemptions. we don't pretend we're a religious corporation. we have say the exercise of religion is not necessarily limited to people in the quote, unquote, religion business. anymore than in the bill lotty case, the supreme court rejected this approach that freedom of speech for corporations for corporations in the speech business. i frankly disagree with your honor's assessment of the scope of the exemptions. they're massive. >> there is a case, i don'
. as the law says and as the president made clear in the statements that you cite, if you had insurance coverage on the individual market when the affordable care act was passed into law and you liked that plan and you wanted to stay on it even though it didn't meet the minimum standards that the affordable care act would bring into place on january 1, 2014, you can keep that coverage. you're grandfathered in. that plan and your association with it are grandfathered in citizen in perpetuity. not for a year, not for five years, but forever. but what is not the case is if your insurer basically threw you off that plan by telling you after a year or two that it was changing and said here's your new option because your plan has changed, that that new plan is grandfathered in because how could that be? you can't grandfather in a plan -- >> [inaudible] >> look, it's not about fault. insurers are in the leadup to the creation of these marketplaces were doing what they'd always done. and based on the incentives that existed in the existing insurance market for individuals. the good news is that
stating that the new health care law was indeed the reason for the removal of my current health care plan. madam secretary, what you would tell shawn who liked his plan and now lost it? he was promised by you and the president he'd be able to keep that plan. what would you tell shawn now that he lost his plan? >> i would tell him to shop in the marketplace and out of the marketplace. >> do you really think that's acceptable answer to shawn. >> if united chose not to keep shawn's plan in effect for shawn -- >> because of the law. >> sir, the law said if you keep shawn's plan in place, if he liked his plan, if you only -- then the plan is still there. >> you and i may disagree over who you work for. i work for shawn. you work for shawn, madam secretary. shawn lost his plan that he liked. and there are thousands and millions of shawns throughout this country that lost the plan they liked because some bureaucrat in washington said we think your plan is not good enough even though you like it, even though you were promised can you keep it, you're now not able to keep that plan. i think you des
bench. she has the support of the national women's law center, the women's bar association and the national congress of american indians. ms. millett is well-qualified and we should confirm her now. one justification -- and i don't think it is a good one -- but the only justification i've heard is not about her at all, madam president. it's about the d.c. circuit, some of my colleagues think that they should remain with three openings on their bench. i don't think this argument squares with the facts. currently three of the 11 seats on the d.c. circuit are empty, and according to the administrative office of the courts, seniors judges, judges who are partially retired, are now involved in over 40% of the cases that are decided on the merits. before he was our supreme court justice, john roberts was confirmed to sit on the d.c. circuit. ten years ago, when chief justice roberts was confirmed to sit on that circuit, the average judge on that court had only 125 pending cases. today, with three vacancies on the court, that number is 185 cases. those are the complex cases that a
stupid federal law, you have been required to access taxpayer money. by the way, are you going with h.r. 1028, acted and unnecessary are opening 2013? >> you think it's a good idea? you don't have to say. >> it's complicated. >> i know you do. that act which stops this stupid bark at get us off the treadmill. if you were in trouble i would be happy to jump on you. hound you pretty good. because $48 billion in the bank and you don't think you have to use it, and yet we are having another hearing today. i have a friend who just bought a $200,000 condo. it took $50,000 down. that's pretty good, right? they had to borrow $150,000. they have an auto loan, credit card, they owe about $175,000 have about $10,000 in the bank. all my god, they are one and safety $5000 of negative net worth. call the police. everybody i know has negative net worth except the few people on the other side apparently. [laughter] >> but they still get loans and things go on. there is no federal law that i know of that would require my friends to make another borrowing simply to have money there in case -- you know
's -- that actually upheld the president's health care law as constitutional. and it's the same court that twice upheld the president's executive order on embryonic stem cell research of the and it is the same court that's ruled in favor of the obama administration in the majority of environmental cases that have come before it, including ones about the regulation of greenhouse gases and mountaintop coal mining. that sound like a court doing its job without fear or favor in an impartial way, administering justice, not engaging in crass partisanship or tilting at ideological windmills. the critics of the crentsz court don't mention those decisions that i must mentioned when they're criticizing the court. instead, they appoint -- they bounty to three separate rulings where the obama administration did not fair so well. the first one of those was a ruling that struck down the securities and exchange commission proxy access rule, which has to do with corporate governance. now, i know that sound like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo. but the court found that the agency failed to conduct a proper quoft-benefit
the letter of the law. so through all of those internal and external systems of oversight, we are continuously reviewing the way that we conduct our business. >> just to put five points on the class received because i think at nsa we are really worried about conflation of the public record. so what, using the terry stop standard means, the comparison to stop and rest. that would mean a police officer write down the reason for a stop and frisk as we do for the telephone metadata. only one of 22 supervisors approve the stopped and frisked before it would happen. and in our case, the data is all anonymous as opposed to the stop and frisk the point in front of you. the stop and frisk standard we have post in query audits every 90 days, as when a police department audits every 90 days what happens. and we also report to court every 30 days and get it free authorized every 90 days. so while yes, in a legal sense, the legal standard in the lives from the terry stop standard i think just those factors alone distinguished the use of that standard in this context and clearly evidence th
was ready to go. democratic leaders in congress told americans that the law's implementation was fabulous that obamacare was wonderful or the president reassured everyone that it was working the way it was supposed to. and of course, washington democrat bragged about their fancy new website the website that cost taxpayers 100 million, 200 million 300 million? well no one is quite sure. that is just one of the unanswered questions they hope will clarify stand. now to be fair the president likes to say obamacare is about more than just a website. he's absolutely right and that's why fixing a website won't solve the larger problem here. the larger problem is obamacare it so. the larger problem is that the few people who actually have signed up for coverage have discovered about this law. the larger problem is how obamacare is hurting people there. it's about college graduates and middle-class families getting hit with massive premium increases. country and they can't afford. it's about workers seeing their hours cu
and law-enforcement need to be focused. because i have spent very down for the last 20 minutes i will end on the up and no. it is not all bad. 3 billion more people by the middle of the century not only could that be potentially very good for the planet by reduce pressure on the environment but 2 billion more people of the global middle-class 15 people out of poverty poverty, access to education thank economic prosperity. if you are in business there is a massive opportunity these cities have not even happened yet with the entire population will lead stuff just to get by in the big city. there is a significant upside with good research data to the adaptive capacity to handle these problems increases farther but there are certain things you have to have in place and one is the ability to make people more resilient so not only stop this with coastlines of the developing world but thinking about how to reach each people choose swim and urban resiliency in a different way that exploits the adaptive capacity that is out there to help people a lot that as a way to engage with the problems? i co
municipal police department, which is the only function of upholding the law. this is really radical moment in american policing what they said we are not going to focus on solving crime are making cases. we are just going to be here to gather intelligence, to be a mini cia kind of thing. it was this incredible decision that we'd never understood the significance for many years. the what they did if they took a look at all the nine about then hijackers portfolios, their files and networked for commonalities and things that would say how'd we noticed us along the way, maybe we could have done something. so they created a team of plainclothes detectives from a south asian arab descent and sent them out into the neighborhoods come into muslim neighborhood, basically eased up and write what they heard and where were egyptian coffee shops where what barack is get their hair cut? where do people of palestinian descent, where did they watch soccer? what they did was created this giant ethnic map of the city that was the foundation of what has been a 10 year extremely secret program the n.y.p.d. ha
, and health care law with the president of the nra and former adviser to richard nixon. this event hosted by the center of national interest is 90 minutes. >> [inaudible] i'm editor of national interest, and we have convened this meeting because of the crisis that we recently experienced the standoff of president obama and congressional republicans. in a number of questions emerged from that crisis include, but not limited to the future of the republican party itself, the impact on america's image abroad, and what it implies for the duration of president obama's presidency. to answer questions or attempt to address them, we've assembled a distinguished panel here today including david keen, the former chairman of the american conservative union and the current opinion editor of the washington times. david is a veteran, political observer, and has participated in republican party politics for several decades. to the immediate right is the grover m. herman fellow in federal best of my knowledge tear -- budgetary affairs, row institute for economic studies, the heritage foundation, and she w
by law, and it's incumbent upon the president to nominate qualified candidates to fill that. others across the aisle have argued the d.c. circuit doesn't have a high enough caseload. there just aren't enough cases there to justify a full complement of 11 judges. i would note the same republican senators did not make that argument in 2005 when the senate confirmed janice rogers brown and thomas griffith to the tenth and 11th judgeships on the d.c. circuit. mr. president, i ask for order in the senate, please. the presiding officer: the chamber will be in order. mr. durbin: back in 2005 when the senate concurred with the tenth and 11th judgeships in the d.c. circuit, they were the choices on the republican side of the aisle. even though these confirmations which we approved reduced the court's workload to fewer cases per active judge than what we see as president obama sends his nominees to the senate. on april 5, the judicial conference of the united states, which is led by chief justice john roberts, made its federal judgeship recommendations for the 113th congress. the judicial con
. and he has had an enormous impact on the laws of this country, as they've--as they've been shaped. he is--he is--his voice has been heard, and there's not a year that goes by where they don't debate such standards as adding ethanol to gasoline, where the-the biggest--the biggest benefit for that rule is the archer daniels midland company. and there are people who say flat-out, you know, 'we are giving adm, we are giving dwayne andreas billions of dollars a year.' but it's--it's--his--his level of influ--his level of influence is virtually unprecedented. c-span: there's a--an allusion in your book to bob dole and bob strauss and dwayne andreas and david brinkley, all getting together at a certain place in florida. >> guest: the sea view hotel, which is owned by dwayne andreas. he--he gained control of it many years ago and became something of a--for lack of a better term, a local realtor for the politically powerful and started finding apartments, helping people get inside deals on apartments for his--for his friends among the powerful in washington, both in the political sphere, like bob
of mickey mouse. it would have diverted them to a website that said, stob, you're violating federal law. it messed with -- messed is a technical term, but messed with dns, a bad idea. it's different. i think conflating them -- this is a -- this is sort of how things work in a democracy and because we are in a politically difficult situation, maybe it's moving a little more slowly, but i do think we're going to be able to bring them around, and when you talk on the hill, five years ago we probably had this experience, five years ago, they said get out of the way, kid, why bother with the cyber stuff? they get it. we're on a path to fix these things. you will have significant objections though, and one of the things we're not dealing with when i put on the think tank hat what i think is snowden episode, it's not accidental. it's planned, a nonstate actor engaging in information against the u.s.. we have a new kind of opponent, new conflict, we're not doing well in dealing with it right now, and these are things we have to overcome, but i am positive we can overcome them. >> just this part
since the industrial workplace of the postdepression era. yet the labor laws written during this time period are still in place today and the makeup of our workforce has also changed dramatically. today 60% of working households have two working parents. 66% of single moms and 79% of single dads work as well. american workers have had to adapt to keep pace with this changing environment. so should our laws. instead of sticking with an antiquated labor law, i believe we need to update the fair labor standards act to actually meet the changing needs of workers. that's why i'm introducing the family friendly and workplace flexibility act. this bill will allow flexible workplace arrangements such as compensatory time and flexible credit-hour agreements which are currently available to employees working for the federal government. federal employees already have this. allow that to be extended to businesses regulated by the fair labor standards act. currently the flsa prohibits employers from offering compensatory time or comptime to their hourly employees. this bill would amend the flsa to
the people inside for two people on the criminal side and also those who might be breaking the law from the government side. in this book, which is a highly readable book i recommend to all of you, he really brings out the complexity of the situation there. particularly in a city that usually all you see are very broad and dimming brushstrokes. so this is ricardo spoke. the other book we are here to discuss tonight is called midnight mexico. the author is alfredo corchado. this is his own glory. this is more of a memoir. and it a story of a man who was born in durango, mexico, was in his childhood in the vegetable and fruit fields of california and who then as an adult and return to next a code of became a very respect even well known foreign correspondent. and in this role, he ended up at laney in his homeland, mexico, to a second homeland here in the united states is a longtime correspondent for the "dallas morning news." it is 25 years, working as a reporter, he covers mexico's political opening. he covered his economic ups and downs. he covered the movement of people, the migration
a longstanding commitment to rule of law. you can depend upon our rules of the road to stay constant and transparent, including our gold standard in intellectual property protection as supported by the commerce department. i could go on and on. talking about everything from our infrastructure to our innovative supply chains and much more. all of these positive facts and trains have driven independent analysts to rank the united states as the number one location where ceos can be confident to invest. experts like a.t. kearney are saying that if you want to build entire somewhere in the world, the united states should be the top of your list. so through select u.s.a. we are making it easier than ever to do just that. we want to open the first door to making an investment here in the united states. the president himself understands this. two years ago he saw all of the great reasons to invest here that i just highlighted, and he says that we should be doing more to help businesses like yours who have questions about how to invest here. to address your issues. we talked to our foreign co
profitably spent here. i want to acknowledge and thank my sister, carol and my brother-in-law, marty, for traveling here from connecticut for this. and i want to thank tina dunkley and their family for coming. tina has come in from atlanta. they are the descendents of one of the leaders of the largest single escape of slaves from a virginia plantation during the war of 1812. and since it is monticello we begin with thomas jefferson and his words here. and this is a quote that comes from a letter he wrote in response to edward cole, his former secretary. he wrote this letter, and as you can see, august 25, 1814, which is a low point to the united states and its war against the british empire, the war we call the war in 1812 but a war which lasted in to 1815. now, those of you who know about the occupation and the partial burning of washington will recognize that august 25 was right after the british had occupied washington and while the buildings were burning. jefferson was writing this letter from monticello so he didn't know yet about that but he knew the war was going very badly fo
process, law firms, the whole bit, develop a robust securitization market for non-conformant activity if it's not clear what you were up against. are you competing head-on with the government? is that the design of the future? are you competing with what? so in some respects kind of the absence of a clear picture of what gse reform might even mean, i think in of itself becomes a very strong impediment to private capital coming into a robust securitization market if you define it that way. >> so one more reason for reform. we need to understand what private capital is competing with. interesting. >> the one point i would add on to that is there's in talk that the government is crowding out the private capital coming in come and i think the mike's point, understand what the future system looks like and giving investors conference in that, i was looking at some fha data last night that showed me that on loan count basis in 1999, fha was doing about 1.2 million loans a year. the market with something like 32 million. today, we are doing 1.2 million loans. the market is less than 9 million
be a part of the miracle covering a portion of the law. it's not going to make the people whole, but may keep them in business and help the girl go to camp next summer. she sent him $28.39 made up of change, a few bills, and she said, i thought you might need this, i'll try to get more. every little counts. every bit does count. we can come together to get this done. this girl represents the way our nation has come together to support agriculture industry, and ensure we have a safe, and an affordable food supply. that's why we have a farm bill. that truly is what it is about. the livestock disaster provisions that i authored in the house bill cover a portion of the losses, help ranchers get back on their feet. for our crop producers, to help strengthen the crop program and protect our prairies act that representative walls worked with me on is incredibly important, kl to taxpayers, gives savings, but ensures we have conservation methods as well. we have to ensure the bill works for all producers, though, and we can include a perm -- permanent office with relations to improve access to pr
, they span all titles and programs, conservation, dairy, crop insurance, even permanent law. they all need to be addressed. resolving these issues obviously poses a challenge, but i know that our respective agriculture committee members have the background and the experience to develop sound farm bill policies. i believe that if the conference committee is left alone and allowed to do our work, we'll be able to find some middle ground and finish the farm bill. i think we've got a good group of conferees and everybody is committed to finishing the job. we've been working on this bill for so long that i think we're actually at the point where most of the staff work has been done. really, it's time for the members now to start making the compromises necessary to put this bill together so that it can be defended and clearly explained to our colleagues and the general public. it's time to put together a bill that can pass both the house and the senate and be signed by the president. so with that, i'm not going to go into all of the issues. i think they've been covered to some extent already. an
, cancer research, and in the nation's law enforcement officials, there's clear consensus this is a terrible way to cut spending. as ever member knows. the house and senate budget call for changes to the budge control act and replace it in different ways. the house budget replaces the defense cuts, lifts the bca cap, and pays for that by cutting deeply from key domestic investments. the senate budget replaces all automatic cuts and pays for that with an equal mix of responsible spending cuts and revenue raised by closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and big corporations. getting a bipartisan deal to replace sequesteration is going to require compromise from both sides, no way around it. i'm going into this budget conference ready to agree to some tough spending cuts that unlike the sequester caps that disappear in 2022 would be permanently lockedded into law. republicans are interested in structural changes to programs that save moment. s of the cuts replaced over the coming decades. i'm ready to listen to the ideas and as long as they are fair for seniors and ou
and then got another advanced degree at oxford. and if that wasn't enough, he went to yale law school. this is quite a record, madam president. now, he's been a sitting councilman and mayor for more than a decade. he's lived with his constituents and kept in touch with them like no mayor i've ever come in contact with. i mean, we're so fortunate to have him here. he stayed in touch with his constituents because he has been with them in the inner city of newark. i commend him for his dedicated service to the people of new jersey and the people of newark. part of his job was to highlight the difficulties of working poor families, and did he that and did that very well. he's done everything he can to highlight to everyone that would listen to him and watch him to indicate that ne newark residen, many of them are struggling to know where their next meal will come from. he, in the time of this country where we have so many people who are needing so much, while the rich are guesting richer and the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is being squeezed, we're very, very fortunate to
was required by law but based on outdated housing market data. republicans accused the fha failing to comply with federal law and misleading congress in previous hearings. they became a source of home mortgage credit in housing crisis and fha blamed losses during that period for its recent short fall. >> committee will come to order. without objection the chair is authorized to declare a recess of the committee at anytime. the hear something entitled, the federal housing administration implications of a $1.7 billion taxpayer bailout. i recognize myself for five minutes to give an opening statement. on february 6th, this committee held its very first hearing of the 113th topic of the declining fiscal health of the federal housing administration. we heard from witness that is fha was ignoring warnings about its solvency, failing to use its existing tools to price insurance appropriately and failing to minimize losses. today eight months later your witnesses have been proven correct. the fha is indeed broke. it is officially bailout broke. 29 days ago fha became the recipient of the latest wash
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